The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them.

A sacrament is something consecrated or holy. Traditionally, a Christian ordinance manifesting an inward, spiritual grace by an outward, visible sign or symbol. United Methodists recognize two sacraments: baptism and Holy Communion.

Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them in some way.

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion.

Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Communion nourishes and sustains us on the journey.

Explore below or on UMC.org to learn how we understand and practice baptism and communion.

Holy Baptism

Renewing waters: How United Methodists understand baptism

In baptism, we reject sin and begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more of what United Methodists teach about this sacrament.

In the following articles, we explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, and rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments.

At Shawnee St. Paul’s, we share in the singing of the hymn God Claims You over those being baptized. This reminds the entire community how loved and important we are to God.

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT I – LITURGY FOR HOLY BAPTISM


Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist)

An open table: How United Methodists understand communion 

The sacrament is such a common part of our worship that its uncommon richness can get lost. Learn more about The Lord’s Supper. 

At Shawnee St. Paul’s, we recognize the importance of frequent communion. Jesus told us to partake in this shared and holy meal as often as we could and do so in remembrance of him. The power of God’s grace does not diminish with the frequency of the sacrament. Rather, our minds are renewed over and over again, as we remember the grace that has been given to us.

A SERVICE OF WORD AND TABLE 1 – LITURGY FOR HOLY COMMUNION